Top 5 TV shows that were cancelled too soon

Whether it was because of ratings being too low or it was because of disputes between producers and the network, there are many reasons why television shows get the axe and it’s not always deserved. I am going to be writing about my top 5 shows that were cancelled way too soon.

5.  War at Home

If you remember this show than you either hated it or you loved it, I obviously favor the latter. War at Home revolved around Dave (Michael Rapaport), his wife Vicky (Anita Barone) and their daughter and their two sons and how Dave dealt with the daily issues that occurred with his family and co-workers.

Michael Rapaport was always humorous when dealing with his kids getting in trouble and the rest of the cast held their own throughout the show as well. The show only lasted two seasons and it ended right when it finally had a clear direction of where they wanted the show to go.

War at Home – Season 1

4. Freaks and Geeks

When it comes to Freaks and Geeks, most people you talk to will tell you this show was cancelled before it reached its potential, and I agree. To briefly describe the show, it centered on the family of the Weirs, specifically Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and Sam (John Francis Daley). Lindsay being sick of her life as the perfect student starts hanging out with the burnouts at the school also known as the “Freaks”. On the flip side, Sam and his friends are considered “Geeks” and they spend a lot of their time trying to fit in with the popular kids.

We've all had a moment like this in high-school, right?

We’ve all had a moment like this in high-school, right?

What made me and others become hooked to the show is how the show made the audience so invested in what happened to all of the characters. Whether it was Neal finding out about his father’s affair, Sam dealing with his crush, or Lindsay conflicting with who she wants to be, you were concerned about the characters and most of us identified with at least one of them.

Even though the show lasted one season it still garnered a cult following. What made the cancellation even worse was hearing the season 2 plans that Paul Feig had for every single character.

Freaks and Geeks – The Complete Series

3. Life Unexpected


I don’t watch a lot of drama television, so when I find one I have an interest in, I become heavily invested in that show. That is where Life Unexpected comes in which is about Lux (Britt Robertson), a teenage girl who had been through the foster care system for almost her whole life. On her 16th birthday she decides to become an emancipated minor, but before she can do that, she has to get signatures from her two unknown birthparents, which are her mother Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby) and Nate “Baze” Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha). After Lux meets both her parents, they decide that they want to be a part of her life and are awarded custody by a judge.

Lux’s varied relationships with her parents and others is what made me really grow to like this show. For example, the way she held resentment towards her mother while being completely forgiving of her father is what kept me tuning in each week. Another aspect I liked was how Cate’s boyfriend Ryan (Kerr Smith) had to deal with having a teenager at the house as well as having to be in constant interaction with Baze, Cate’s ex from high-school.

Even though the show got a proper ending after two seasons there was way more of this story that could have been told and I feel the CW did not give this show a real chance to grow into something more.

Life Unexpected – Seasons 1 and 2

2. Fastlane

On the surface, Fastlane may seem like a flashy cop drama, but when you get to the core of the show, it will probably still seem like a flashy cop drama, but it’s much more. Fastlane is centered around Donovan “Van” Ray (Peter Facinelli), Deaquon Hayes (Bill Bellamy), and Wilhemina “Billie” Chambers (Tiffani Theissen). Van and Deaquon are two cops who get teamed together by Billie to become undercover cops to help take down criminals in Los Angeles.

A large part of Fastlane revolves around cars, clothes, and women. While that may turn some people away, there was a lot of depth to this show. Some of the depth included the back stories of Van and Deaquon which helped the audience care and identify with the characters more. Van causing his former partner to be killed while on the job, which also happened to be Deaquon’s brother was the biggest back story of the show. Deaquon’s brother dying because of Van created tension between the two at first, but they’re relationship grew and the show grew with it. The friendship between Van and Deaquon and the way they protected each other while undercover is what drove the show and what made me want to keep watching every week.

Fastlane was cancelled after a year due to high costs for each episode caused by unconventional cinematography, pyrotechnics, guest appearances, licensed soundtracks, supercars and other exotic vehicles, so the show only got 22 episodes. The show also ended on a cliffhanger so there wasn’t a resolution to the problem at the end of the show’s run.

I’m not saying that this show was one of the best on television, but it deserved another season or at least a proper ending to tie up the story.

Fastlane – The Complete Series

1. Happy Endings

I don’t know where to start when it comes to Happy Endings. I really liked this show and it got better every season. It’s been off the air for a while but I still can’t get over everything this show could’ve been.

There isn’t much depth to the plot of Happy Endings. Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) leaves Dave (Zach Knighton) at the altar and that’s when their group of friends attempt to deal with the changed dynamic. The other friends of the group were Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.), Brad’s wife and Alex’s older sister Jane (Eliza Coupe), Penny (Casey Wilson), and Max (Adam Pally).

What made this show good was the fact that the whole getting left at the altar premise only lasted about 2 episodes and then the show turned into a show about six friends living in Chicago. I know this show isn’t the first to do the whole “friends hanging out” idea, but what made Happy Endings unique is the rapid fire delivery of the jokes and the real strong chemistry between the cast. You can tell in each scene that the cast generally enjoyed working with each other and it showed through the comedic timing between the characters.

After three seasons of the show, Happy Endings grew a loyal fan base and had all the makings of a primetime hit, but unfortunately due to low ratings, ABC pulled the plug on the show, which is a shame because I was very fond of this show.

Happy Endings Seasons: 1 2 3